...does it take to get used to a new sewing machine?
I purchased my Janome 1600P Professional back in October, so it is not that new, but I still feel that I am getting used to it.
It is a big beast of a machine but it is powerful and it is FAST!
It has no fancy stitches, not even a zig zag. It is a work horse and I intend to work it!
I have to confess that I got a bit carried away with the speed of it while making this piece and I ending up snapping a needle that got jammed in the works. That mucked up the timing and I had to get it sorted at our local repair shop. Totally my fault and I have learnt my lesson.
So it was back to my old faithful, which for those who are interested is a Janome 4800 Memory Craft. It is at least 15 years old and has never given me any trouble which is why I was happy to go with a Janome machine again.
Thanks for reading (and thanks to Debs Nixon for her machine recommendation)
It might seem as if I had decided not to take part in this year's Journal Quilt Challenge run by the Contemporary Group of the Q.G.B.I. It is May after all !!!
There was a point last week when I did consider throwing in the hat when I discovered that despite my best efforts back in Jan to get ahead of the game by working in sets of four, I had in fact neglected to stitch my offering for April and it had to be hastily finished before the deadline on April 30th.
I was wondering why I was giving myself this extra task to do when I really do have more than enough other projects to keep me occupied. I also considered that I could continue without the need to be in a group that imposes a deadline.
Well as you can see I did completed this section and I remembered that I do actually very much enjoy the PLAY aspect of doing these mini quilts. I also have enough self knowledge to know that if I didn't do them as part of the group challenge, they wouldn't get done!
So here are the first group of four put into a not very clear collage made in an an App on my phone.
The challenge/guidelines for 2016 is to make an 8 x 10 in piece in portrait format, each to contain a a small block of colour. The first four months to contain purple. It has been really interesting to see what others have come up with but it is a closed group so I cannot show you sorry.
I have decided to look at traditional blocks with added machine and hand stitching. As you can see I haven't finished them off yet as I might try and join them together as three small or one large quilt when I have completed all twelve.
I have already made a start on May with another added twist but I have to confess that I am not sure about my plan at the moment. :/